As reports from news sources like the Los Angeles Times and Reuters proliferate, the full extent of America’s superbug scourge is beginning to surface, and the truth isn’t just disturbing — it’s terrifying. Though health authorities have been warning about deadly drug-resistant infections for over 15 years, a widespread practice among doctors and hospitals that can only be seen as active concealment has hidden the breadth of the crisis, while at the same time hindering efforts to make a dent in the situation. The situation is only worsened by government agencies remain that are either unwilling or unable to impose reporting requirements on a healthcare industry complicit in the problem. [Read more…]
The LA Times reports a new congressional investigation has revealed that the number of potentially deadly “superbug” infections from improperly cleaned and contaminated medical scopes is significantly higher than previous federal estimates. [Read more…]
During the deadly “Superbug” CRE infection outbreak from contaminated medical scopes, three UCLA patients died and five more fell ill to the lethal bacterial spread. When doctors at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center inquired about replacing the tainted medical scopes, medical device maker Olympus Corp. offered to sell the hospital 35 new scopes for $1.2 million — a 28% increase in price for the defective products, compared to the pricing just months earlier. [Read more…]
The Los Angeles Times has published a scathing report on failures by medical device company Olympus to respond to warnings from its own researchers about contamination dangers in certain medical examination scopes, failures that led to the deaths of 21 people and severe injury to dozens more. The US FDA identified at least 7 separate infection outbreaks relating to the Olympus scopes over the last three years in Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Los Angeles. [Read more…]
Two federal agencies took steps this week to address growing public health concerns about potentially fatal, antibiotic-resistant infections caught by patients in U.S. hospitals.